STANHOPE,NJ - The Patriots' Path Council Venturing Exploring experience Committee held its annual AdVenturee on April 7 through 9. The AdVenturee is a Patriots' Path Council event targeting the Venturing, Exploring and Sea Scout units.  This year’s event was Star Wars themed and hosted at Camp Somers, Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation in Stanhope. In attendance this year were units from multiple councils and both Venturing and Exploring participated in the weekend’s activities.

 

The program focused on high adventure activities and award requirements, all while being incredibly fun. Sessions included pistol shooting, archery, shotgun shooting, ATV training and riding, COPE, a night-time climb, mountain biking, land navigation, astronomy and rocket building. Other activities included tomahawk throwing, dessert making, candy making, light saber making, giant Jenga and other games. In addition to all these activities, first aid & CPR trainings were also offered.

 

There were also STEM related activities such as a HAM radio shack and a drone demonstration throughout Saturday. One scout was able to communicate with someone from Austria via HAM radio.   In addition to the drone demo, the pilot flew the drone and recorded the action as it unfolded.   

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Scouts also had the opportunity to participate in a camp conservation project.  The project was to help rid the camp of an invasive plant.  Those working on this project were aided by goats which were brought in by a local farm. 

 

On Saturday, after a full day of activities, participants were encouraged to meet at Voller’s field to participate in the launching of the rockets built earlier in the day. After dinner on Saturday night, the scouts were able to participate in night climb, view the stars and planets through a high power computerized telescope and of course, watch a Star Wars movie while enjoying freshly made popcorn.

 

There were so many activities that every attendee and staff member was able to tailor the experience to their interests. Scouts commented on how much they enjoyed building the light saber and using them afterwards.  Other scouts found that they had discovered activities that planned to continue pursuing. 

One attendee said, “Pistol shooting was undoubtedly my favorite session of the day! It was great, because not only did we shoot at paper targets; we got to test our sharpshooting skills on playing cards, bowling pins and the “Death Star”. The pistol range was not only fun, but very informative thanks to the excellence of the instructor staff. This was a great camping trip and was definitely one of my favorites.”

 

The event was conceived, coordinated and executed by the youth members of the PPC VEX committee. One of the goals of this committee is to expand the methods in which our council serves its current Venturing crews, ships, and Explorer posts. This event is one of many projects the committee will be using to fulfill this goal.   

 

To learn more about Venturing and the VEX committee, visit the VEX committee’s website at: https://ppcbsa.org/committees/youth-executive/venturing-exploring-xperience/